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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Orthodontics (Definition)

An orthodontist is a dentist who has had additional years of schooling in the discipline of facial and oral structures. They use braces and appliances to align the jaws and teeth for proper form and function. Straighter teeth not only look good, but also allow better oral hygiene, less periodontal ...Read more


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Can damon braces fix little underbite?

Can damon braces fix little underbite?

No magic: There's no magic to any particular appliance system, including the Damon Appliance. The magic is the training, experience, and skill of the practitioner. See a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist for examination. ...Read more

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Are invisalign and braces behind your teeth (lingual braces) equivalent to regular braces?

Are invisalign and braces behind your teeth (lingual braces) equivalent to regular braces?

Not equivalent: Traditional braces are still the gold standard, best result in shortest time. Clear aligners are only about half as effective as braces, with higher risk of relapse because of inability to ideally position roots in supporting bone. They are also not effective for complex issues. Lingual braces take longer, are harder to get used to, and "finishing" can be a challenge. ...Read more

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Do damon braces really move teeth faster?

Do damon braces really move teeth faster?

Not really: Damon braces is a system that is used by some orthodontis it is definitely good but there are many factors that affect teeth movement the system is a small part. ...Read more

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Can retainer align my underbite teeth?

Can retainer align my underbite teeth?

No.: Retainers retain, they do not move teeth. To correct an underbite you will need braces or invisalign, and sometimes surgery. ...Read more

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What orthodontic appliances use headgear?

What orthodontic appliances use headgear?

Adjunct: A headgear is an adjunct to orthodontic treatment used to modify skeletal growth and/or to affect tooth position. Headgear can be used in addition to any fixed appliance (braces) system. Don't get hung up on gadgets. Focus on finding the best qualified orthodontic specialist in your area to treat your family. Let him pick the best appliance for the individual's needs. ...Read more

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Can braces fix crooked teeth?

Can braces fix crooked teeth?

Yes: See the Orthodontist - the specialist in braces. After a complete examination you can review your options. Sometimes the jaws are not in alignment to permit the best corrective positioning of your teeth. In these situations the Oral Surgeon can help by repositioning them. Together the 2 specialists can get the best result. Most often, however, the braces are all you need to get a fantastic result ...Read more

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Do plates retainers help straighten teeth?

Do plates retainers help straighten teeth?

Not really: Retainers retain, they hold teeth where they are. There are removable orthodontic devices that have some limited tooth movement capabilities, but they are only moderately capable of correction. Best advice, see an orthodontist who has many different ways available to help you resolve your problem. ...Read more

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Does Invisilign move teeth slower than traditional braces?

Does Invisilign move teeth slower than traditional braces?

About the same: Treatment typically ranges from 12 - 36 months. The treatment time can be affected by rate of growth, severity of the correction necessary and patient compliance. ...Read more

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Will braces fix an overbite?

Will braces fix an overbite?

Sort of: an Orthodontist is the best qualified Dental Specialist to "fix" an overbite. The orthodontic will have all of the available "medicines" in their armamentarium, including braces and many other treatment modalities. Please see an Orthodontic Specialist for an individualized evaluation of your unique malocclusion. Initial exams are usually complimentary. ...Read more

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Will an orthodontist make your retainer straighten shifted teeth?

Will an orthodontist make your retainer straighten shifted teeth?

Retainers can : Modified retainers can be used to move your teeth. There are limitations with how much movement can be accomplished with retainers. Invisalign is a form of retainers that can make much larger changes. ...Read more

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What is the price for orthodontic teeth alignment(metal braces)?

What is the price for orthodontic teeth alignment(metal braces)?

Not Campbells' Soup: Every can of soup is exactly like every other can of soup. Every malocclusion is different. Is problem misaligned teeth, jaws, or both. How's the bone/gum support. What about the horizontal and vertical overbites. And so much more. Make an initial examination appointment with a qualified orthodontic specialist (often complimentary) for an answer that matches your problem, not your friend's. ...Read more

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Would a dental retainer fix one crooked tooth?

Would a dental retainer fix one crooked tooth?

Depends on position: If correction involves a simple tipping motion to correct the position, then a retainer can correct it. If the tooth is significantly rotated and /or tilted out of line such that it would require rotational correction and /or uprighting of the root, then braces or invisalign may be required. ...Read more

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Do orthodontic retainers usually fit well?

They should ....: Retainers are designed to hold teeth in place. Any pressure will move teeth and any looseness will allow movement, thus a well made retainer should be passive. If you have a loose or tight retainer, see your dentist or orthodontist to evaluate it. There is a real danger in trying to wear a "tweaked" retainer. A distorted retainer can lead to an expensive re treatment of the whole case. ...Read more

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Do teeth whitening pens work?

Do teeth whitening pens work?

YES!!!: Teeth whitening pens work, but those products are designed more maintenance purpose then for " whitening". I mean that if you have not had your teeth cleaned for ten years... And , all of a sudden, you buy this whitening pen and plan to use as " miracle wand" .... It may not work , sorry. On the other hand, you you regularly visit your dentist and have your teeth cleaned, and/or whitened, then ok. ...Read more

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Orthodontist made a retainer nti. Will this straighten teeth, or ruin front teeth. Made of plastic. Plastic feels too hard, retainer makes teeth hurt?

NTI not a retainer: An nti appliance is normally used in patients with symptoms of tmd, and by virtue of it preventing back tooth contact, can shut down facial muscle activity that is causing pain in many instances. It is not a long term appliance as it can lead to uncontrolled back tooth eruption that can create other problems. Ask your dental professional for clarification of its purpose in your case. ...Read more

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Does a frankel ortho appliance straighten teeth?

Does a frankel ortho appliance straighten teeth?

Indirectly: Frankel orthodontic appliance is used in a growing individual to help develop the upper and lower jaw size completely so there is adequate room for all the teeth to erupt in a better alignment with enough space. ...Read more

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Should orthodontist pull child's teeth for braces if crowded?

Should orthodontist pull child's teeth for braces if crowded?

Sometimes: Every patient is different with skeletal and dental presentations that may warrant removal of teeth. I am of the philosophical school of orthodontics that believes that expansion of the lower teeth, if more than just mild, will end in relapse or periodontal breakdown. By careful case selection and understanding growth and harmony of the face, extractions can be very successful. ...Read more

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Can you get invisalign braces with crowns and missing teeth?

Can you get invisalign braces with crowns and missing teeth?

Teamwork: Treatment like this is certainly possible, but it does require teamwork. At the very least, this involves you, your dentist, and your orthodontist. This may also require other specialists as well, but invisalign can certainly be used on patients with missingmteeth and crowns. ...Read more

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Dr. Wendy Askew
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more